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Bombardier Sells Four 415 Amphibious Firefighting Aircraft

Nov. 25, 2007, Montreal, Que. - Bombardier Aerospace has sold four of its Bombardier 415 amphibious firefighting aircraft worth US$118.2 million.


November 26, 2007
By Carey Fredericks

Nov. 25, 2007, Montreal, Que. – Bombardier Aerospace has sold four of its
Bombardier 415 amphibious firefighting aircraft worth US$118.2
million to an undisclosed customer.

The buyer also purchased special-mission equipment items,
Montreal-based Bombardier said Monday.

The sale includes spare parts provisioning, training and
technical support. Deliveries will begin during the last quarter of
the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2008, and will continue until 2009.

“Since its launch in 1994, the Bombardier 415 has consistently
proved itself to be a reliable and effective firefighting tool,''
Michel Bourgeois, president of Bombardier Amphibious Aircraft, said
in a release.

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“The aircraft's unique operational capabilities and exceptional
performance allow it to operate in the most rugged and demanding of
circumstances, and is recognized around the world as the most
effective firefighting aircraft available.''

Since the first Bombardier 415 amphibious aircraft was delivered
in 1994, 65 have been delivered to firefighting agencies in Croatia,
France, Greece, Italy, Ontario, Quebec and Spain. In addition, 67
CL-215 amphibious piston aircraft remain in service fighting fires.

The Bombardier 415 has a maximum speed of 359 kilometres an hour.
In an average mission of 11 kilometres distance from water to fire,
it can complete nine drops within an hour and deliver 55,233 litres
of fire suppressant.

The aircraft also has a multi-purpose version, the Bombardier
415MP, which can be used in a variety of specialized missions such
as search-and-rescue, maritime patrol and environmental protection.

On the Toronto stock market Monday morning, parent company
Bombardier Inc.'s shares (TSX:BBD.B) were down one cent at $5.35.